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Upstream Selected Essays ❧ [KINDLE] ❀ Upstream Selected Essays By Mary Oliver ➠ – Upstream follows Mary Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley Upstream follows Mary Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her and the responsibility Upstream Selected PDF \ she has inherited from Shelley Wordsworth Emerson Poe and Frost the great thinkers and writers of the past to live thoughtfully intelligently and to observe with passion Throughout this collection Oliver positions not just herself upstream but us as well as she encourages us all to keep moving to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.

10 thoughts on “Upstream Selected Essays

  1. Julie Julie says:

    I have a weird relationship with Mary Oliver I own and have read several of her books Most of them are poetry but a couple of them are essay collections as Upstream is I generally like most of her books and it excites me to see someone making some kind of a living off selling poetry Though where Ms Oliver lives a beaver hut? is yet to be determined by meSometimes when I'm reading her work I'm smiling or nodding and really feeling groovy For instance in this collection she ponders poetry I learned from Whitman that the poem is a temple or a green field a place to enter and in which to feel Only in a secondary way is it an intellectual thing an artifact a moment of seemly and robust wordiness wonderful as that part of it is I learned that the poem was made not just to exist but to speak to be companyAnd creativity The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work who felt their own creative power restive and uprising and gave to it neither power nor timeAnd when I'm reading lines like these I feel like Ms Oliver is a kindred spirit and I feel proud of her writing and long career But then she'll start talking about those open mouthed kisses that she plants on trees and sticks and animals and whatnot and it puts into my mind that bizarre moment from Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir Eat Pray Love when at a yoga camp or wherever the hell she was she suddenly mounts a tree and initiates foreplay Folks I love nature but I love it the way EB White loved it the way that Larry McMurtry and his characters love nature As in Damn would you just look at that view? So after a few of these open mouthed expressions of nature devotion I came to these lines dear God please let someone be reading this review right now because I need some hand holding hereOnce I put my face against the body of our cat as she lay with her kittens and she did not seem to mind So I pursed my lips against that full moon and I tasted the rich river of her bodySay what now?? Wha?? I literally read these two sentences about ten times in a row then brought the book to my husband and read them aloud and asked Is she saying what I think she's saying? My husband's face recoiled in a grimace and he said What in hell are you reading??Exactly I'm sorry Ms Oliver there's some good stuff here and I love Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson too but I gotta draw the line somewhereAnd please stay away from my cats

  2. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    45 I have read her poetry for years she in one of my favorites but until this book I never knew she was an essayist The beautiful writing and thoughts that are expressed in her poetry are also expressed in her writing Thoughts on creativity need for solitude the wonder of the natural world and those writers that she has loved since her youth Divided into three sections the last two tying back to the first Emerson Poe Whitman those writers she finds indispensable to her own thoughts peace of mind fuel for her soul I read these at night before bed a few at a time and cherished the time I spent with them Filled with special insights and wonder this was a special and beautiful readARC from Netgalley

  3. Cathrine ☯️ Cathrine ☯️ says:

    4★If you were to take a walk upstream what would you notice?Exploring the twin pleasures of writing literature with essays on Whitman Wordsworth Poe and Emerson and then the observations of the natural world—seeing it hearing it and responding to it are the inspiration in this collection by poet Mary OliverShe so beautifully describes the watery world of fish swimming in blue pastures sunflowers that are wonderful than any words about them and wild roses as an immutable force whose purpose is to strike our heart and saturate it with simple joyShe observes a spider raising her young gives sanctuary to an injured gull then ponders the terrible mystery of the endlessly hungry owlThere are reflections on the way life used to be in small towns when bears were welcome dogs could roam free and dwellings were constructed like patchwork uiltsHer certainty is that the natural world is necessary in order for her to write and anyone with an affinity for the same would love this new offering I savored it each morning with my coffee in one hand my e reader in the other and the sunrise in my vision A real treat but so difficult not to include direct uotes with my thoughts on it the only downside to ARCsThanks much to NetGalley Penguin Press

  4. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    Mary Oliver can do no wrong in her poetry She is one of my favorite voices reflecting on nature reflecting on relationships She is happy to live a life that isn't well traveled but rather one that notices that breathesThis book of essays reflects that philosophy Some are on home some are on other writers some are on scrambled turtle eggs I was cooing over the beautiful writing on the plane much to my seatmates' chagrin This would be a good addition to an essay collection OR for fans of poetry

  5. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I've always loved her poetry but until now never read any prose by Mary Oliver Her writing is wonderful and peaceful and cleansing Magic

  6. Dannii Elle Dannii Elle says:

    Actual rating 45 starsI received this book in exchange from an honest review from NetGalley Thank you to the author Mary Oliver and the publisher Penguin Press for this opportunityThis is a selection of essays written in a beautiful and abstract style concerning a variety of topics; from the history of Emmerson the laying of turtle eggs in the sand Poe’s concern over the uncertainty of the universe and the adventures of a common house spiderI enjoyed some than others purely because I had interest in the topics discussed rather than some being of weaker constitution than others All had a transcendent and divine tone to them that felt like meditation in the written form The essays concerning natural elements were of particular evocative delight I also loved exploring the essays concerning Gothic literature I did in depth studies on the subject for my under grad university degree before making this the primary focus of my post grad Masters degree and her thoughts would have been of unparalleled help if I had discovered them during this time Now they just hold a great interest for me and her littering of classical Gothic texts in this made me so excited to continue my exploration of the genreDespite the academic focus of these short essays they were written with such a graceful and dignified beauty that they read like extended poems which is indeed their point They have definitely heightened my appreciation and understanding of both the wonders of the natural world and great past literary figures

  7. Jamie Jamie says:

    Incredibly beautiful and just awe inspiring how she was able to express her passion for literature and nature within such small essays Certain essays were written so vividly that I felt right there with her seeing what she had seen when she was describing the woods Absolutely loved this book45 Stars

  8. Ariel Ariel says:

    In her essay collection Upstream Mary Oliver sets us on a trail through forest and by shore as she expertly layers in experience and thought from essay to essay A collection of three parts the latter two being expansions on the first Upstream is Oliver's beautifully writ reflection on where she comes from her kinship with the natural world and its wild ones and the authors that have warmed her blood and uickened her own ink Oliver's essays on Whitman Emerson and Poe are insightful pieces that were immensely enjoyable to read They offer perspective and interpretation on both each author's work and the motivation behind it I would eagerly recommend Oliver's essays as strong companion pieces to experiencing andor revisiting each author in turn Oliver illumines wonderful points about these specific authors as well as literature as a whole As with the assertion from her Emerson An Introduction thatThe best use of literature bends not toward the narrow and the absolute but to the extravagant and the possible Answers are no part of it; rather it is the opinions the rhapsodic persuasions the engrafted logics the clues that are to the mind of the reader the possible keys to his own self uarrels his own predicament This is the crux of Emerson who does not advance straight ahead but wanders to all sides of an issue; who delivers suggestions with a kindly gesture— who opens doors and tells us to look at things for ourselves The one thing he is adamant about is that we should look— we must look— for that is the liuor of life that brooding upon issues that attention to thought even as we weed the garden or milk the cowThe aspect of Oliver's Upstream that most connected me with her writing and most moved me to start reading her poetry is her ability to vividly capture the impress and beauty of the wild Her prose is warm honey dripping from fresh honey comb and freshly spilled blood on snow It holds a visceral heat and weight to it that is stirring and captivating It made me think of Waldeinsamkeit the 'untranslatable' German word for the feeling of being alone in the woods with wald meaning woodforest and einsamkeit meaning loneliness or solitude More yearn for than think of really Thanks to an old yet never sated etymology addiction and a penchant for eagerly grabbing the bait whenever an article like 50 Untranslatable Words From Other Languages pops up in my radar waldeinsamkeit is what comes to mind when I think of having an intense connection with nature Where one can be swallowed up by the underside of a trees' leaves or the glow surrounding the moon on a windy night; a perfect contentment in solitude while everything breathes around you I can't say 'breathes' is really the word that it really expresses a clear expression That otherness felt in nature as in literature and the poignance of both is beyond my abilities of description but Oliver does it credit in her essay titled Staying Alive In the first of these—the natural world—I felt at ease; nature was full of beauty and interest and mystery also good and bad luck but never misuse The second world—the world of literature—offered me besides the pleasures of form the sustentation of empathy and I ran for it I realized in it I stood willingly and gladly in the characters of everything—other people trees clouds And this is what I learned that the world's otherness is antidote to confusion that standing within this otherness—the beauty and the mystery of the world out in the fields or deep inside books—can re dignify the worst stung heart Upstream is a collection I can definitely see myself revisiting and I look forward to reading from Mary Oliver I think it holds a wealth of inspiration for introspection and there are pieces of it that are still tumbling around my head and working themselves into all sorts of channels Pieces that need to continually traipse about my mind in lewdly luminescent emboldened letters as a consistent reminder such asYou must not ever stop being whimsicalAnd you must not ever give anyone else the responsibility for your lifeI'd like to thank NetGalley for giving me the chance to discover read and review a new to me author with this ARC

  9. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    I uickly found for myself two such blessings the natural world and the world of writing literature These were the gates through which I vanished through a difficult placeIn in this exuisite collection of essays national treasure Mary Oliver uses her poetic talent and gifts of observation to reflect on topics ranging from the beauty of the natural world to the connectedness of all beings to the need for solitude and the genius of some of America's literary masters As with the poetry for which Oliver is best known this is a uiet reflective and soulful book best savored rather than rushed 45 starsThank you to NetGalley and Penguin Press for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review

  10. Dana Dana says:

    Mary Oliver's essays like her poems are a soothing balm for the soul

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